Scott Watson

Composer & Educator

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The Music of Scott Watson

on Alfred's Score & Sound YouTube Channel

Gift of Hope

NEW SPRING 2021! Gift of Hope (Alfred, Gr. 3.5) captures musically two aspects of hope. Opening dramatically, the piece soon settles into an upbeat, joyful main theme. Slower contrasting material follows, building from a tender, transparently scored opening to a climax full of resolve. The optimistic main theme returns, leading to a dramatic, heroic conclusion. View the Alfred Reading Session review! A 2021 Stanton's Music Five Star Feature!

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Stand Tall, Stand Strong

NEW SPRING 2021! Stand Tall, Stand Strong (Alfred, Gr. 1.5) by Scott Watson instills a musically resolute, optimistic statement appropriate for our time. No matter how soundly we are thrown down or how big the obstacles before us, we can rise again, press on, rebuild, and overcome. With grit and tenacity, we will emerge even stronger from the trials that beset us. A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice!

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NEW SPRING 2021! Camelot refers to an idyllic time and place, lost to lore and legend, but which continues on in the hearts, minds, and stories of so many. The exciting Return to Camelot (Alfred, Gr. 2) ---with its driving tempo, insistent rhythms, modal harmonies, and glimpses of beauty---musically transports the listener back to King Arthur's chivalrous and magical Camelot! A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice and Stanton's Music Five Star Feature! View the Alfred Reading Session review!

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Social Distancing Blues

Available as FREE content in SmartMusic (visit for any band instrument or voice and piano. Performed here by the Dolcetto Trio (

Composer Name That Tune Challenge!

A silly, little game show where I attempt to guess my own compositions after hearing only 5 seconds of each. See how I did!

Follow composer, Scott Watson, in this virtual guest conducting video as you perform Escape from Thunder Mountain!


I've created this resource for band directors and students performing my ESCAPE FROM THUNDER MOUNTAIN (concert band or flex band versions).

In the video I guest conduct (virtually) musicians through the composition. A Composer's Notes sheet can be downloaded (free) with my suggestions for practicing/rehearsing the piece.

Directors and their students can use these resources to prepare their students - in-person or virtually - to perform Escape from Thunder Mountain with input from me...the composer!

COMPOSER'S NOTES SHEET (free download) - click here!

  • This new product yields a musically viable/attractive outcome with virtually ANY combination of 4 instruments

  • Includes play-along PERCUSSION TRACK for each selection!

  • PERFECT for face-to-face, remote/online, and hybrid teaching scenarios.

By Scott Watson: Escape from Thunder Mountain (Gr. 1.5) FLEX, Rock Solid (Gr. 2) FLEX and

At the Feast of Stephen (featuring "Good King Wenceslas") FLEX (Gr. 1) !

A NEW collection of flexible instrumentation and instrument-specific solos, with piano accompaniment, written by some of your favorite composers in the band world. Available in SmartMusic and at Each solo comes with SI Soloist Exercises which help prepare the player, and Sound Advice program notes and rehearsal tips.

by Scott Watson:

Monarch (Solo Flute and Piano, Grade 3).

Mustang Spirit (any Band Instrument and Piano, Grade 2)

Sur la Glace (Solo Oboe and Piano, Grade 2)

Dance of the Night (and Band Instrument and Piano, Grade 2)



These novel, contemporary setting of traditional Christmas carols include: O Come, O Come Emmanuel; The Holly and the Ivy; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Silent Night; and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Available from Trillenium Music Company.


Soli Deo Gloria!